Sept. 17, 2005
By Jessica Garrison
There it bounced off the fingertips of two
There were so many ways that the Green Wave might have missed even the chance to catch that Hail Mary pass. If they hadn't evacuated
For better or for worse, but mostly, in Tulane coach Chris Scelfo's estimation, for the better, Tulane met
"I'm very proud," Scelfo said. "In reality I'm very proud of how we got off that bus today and came out that tunnel. We're going to persevere and keep playing."
Scelfo and his players alike agreed that the sheer emotion of the game affected them in the first half. Scelfo mentioned poor conditioning, but it was the emotion that brought them all back. Down 14-0 in the third quarter, the Green Wave rumbled back to tie the game at 14 in the fourth.
"The second half is where you saw our true football team," Scelfo said.
After a six-week training camp under the most bizarre of circumstances, that football team showed the resilience their coach has preached all week.
"When you get on that field, things fall back in perspective," junior wide receiver Preston Brown said. Even from the perspective of a loss, there was a sense of relief on those players' faces. The season is started, the evacuation is over, their lives are in a rhythm they know and understand.
Evacuees In The Crowd
One section over from the
Sharon Steckler, a volunteer counselor brought in from her home in
For Augusta Hubbs, a senior who attended Lendry High School in New Orleans, has come from a football program that "had in mind to get to a championship," to Fair Park High School in Shreveport.
"If my home is gone and their home is gone, at least I can come out and support," Hubbs said, calling Tulane's perseverance inspiring.
Hubbs escaped with his aunt, uncle and his cousin Terrell, who played quarterback at Lendry where Hubbs was a wide receiver. They stayed in their house for several days after the hurricane, the street in front of their house completely flooded and without power, but with flashlights, candles and supplies to get them through.
As the situation in
"I just wanted to finish high school, period," Hubbs said. Football turned out to be a fringe benefit.
Hubbs was excited to get back onto a team -
"The guys treat us like we're just another family," Hubbs said. "I'd like to thank them."
For now, Hubbs' has a 4 X 10 foot space on the Coliseum floor, with an air mattress for furniture. It is his school and his team, however, that make him feel like his new situation can become a home.
Jessica Garrison is an Assistant Editor for CSTV.com and will be on assignment in